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Snow fall continues and spreads to the western Alps

Fresh cold pouring in through the North Sea on the back of an area of low-pressure will help deliver more significant snow to the mountain areas of Central Europe. Particularly the north facing Alpine regions. On Tuesday and Wednesday these areas are increasingly affected by the next disturbances. There is also a fair amount of fresh snow this time for the French Alps and western Switzerland. On Monday, it is still snowing most of the times with light to moderate snow fall in the northern …

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 6, 2019

Austria in the front-line of eastern Nordstau

The Alpine region is currently under the influence of a strong northern current. With a high pressure area to the west of the Alps and low pressure in Eastern Europe, the eastern nordstau currently provides numerous snow showers in the Eastern Alps and it snows deep into the valleys. Until New Year's Eve, there is plenty of fresh powder snow to be found in the mountains. The northern high-altitude current brings humid air masses from the North Sea, which accumulate on the Eastern Alps and …

Written by skiweather on Sunday December 30, 2018

January 2018 brought the most exceptional weather to the Alps in decades

In January the western Alps were subject to turbulent conditions. Several very active storms swept the western half of the Alps: Carmen, Eleanor, Fionn and David. Westerly wind patterns have resulted in frequent and excess precipitation and consecuently many floods. In fact precipitation broke record levels in France and parts of Switzerland. In addition, large parts were affected by heavy snow, strong winds and yo-yoing temperatures.  The Swiss ski resort Zermatt was cut-off from the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday January 25, 2018

Another onslaught for the north-west Alps

A storm called Evi is on the way to the Alps and will bring a substantial amount of fresh snow in the next couple of days. The Northern Alps will be in the front line. The calm and sunny weather of the last few days is not likely to return soon. Several days of snow are in the forecast, starting Monday evening in the French Alps and Italy’s Aosta Valley before spreading across the border into Switzerland and Austria. Expect the snowline to briefly rise as the storms come in on Tuesday and …

Written by skiweather on Monday January 15, 2018

Still more snow to come

The winter has finally returned in the western Alps since last weekend. After a first disruption which began Thursday night, a second front arrived Saturday and dropped a thick layer of -much needed- fresh snow. Below 1500m or so there has also been some rain and sleet at times, but snow did eventually reach much lower levels later on Sunday. In spite of the wind that has complicated the situation, one sees some nice snow accumulations in certain parts of the western Alps. The heaviest falls …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 6, 2017